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The AP Precalculus Course Framework provides a clear and detailed description of what students should know and be able to do to qualify for college credit or placement. The course framework includes two essential components: 

Mathematical Practices

The mathematical practices are central to the study and practice of precalculus. Students should develop and apply the described skills on a regular basis over the span of the course. Each of the three mathematical practices for AP Precalculus have associated skills.

  • Practice 1: Procedural and Symbolic Fluency
  • Practice 2: Multiple Representations
  • Practice 3: Communication and Reasoning

Course Content

The course content is organized into units of study that provide a suggested sequence for the course. These units comprise the content and conceptual understandings that colleges and universities typically expect students to master to qualify for college credit and/or placement.

  • Unit 1: Polynomial and Rational Functions
  • Unit 2: Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
  • Unit 3: Trigonometric and Polar Functions
  • Unit 4: Functions Involving Parameters, Vectors, and Matrices

Exam Design


Question Type

Number of Questions

Exam Weighting



Multiple Choice 





Part A: Graphing calculator not permitted 



80 minutes 


Part B: Graphing calculator required 


16.6%  40 minutes 


Free Response 





Part A: Graphing calculator required 


16.6%  30 minutes 


Part B: Graphing calculator not permitted 


16.6%  30 minutes